Comic 203 - Apotheosis

12th Mar 2014, 11:00 AM in Happy City Nights
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Author Notes:

L8on 12th Mar 2014, 11:00 AM edit delete
1. This should have gone up a week ago, but because I decided to experiment with the art it took longer than expected. Sorry about the delay.

2. Today’s comic serves as an epilogue to the Ricky Imes story that started in episode 189 and ended in episode 198. That story didn’t particularly need an epilogue, but once I thought of this image of Ricky's head popping off and floating out into space I couldn't get it out of my head. You might complain that this episode does not match the tone of the Fuzzball & Scuzzball comic strip as a whole, but I like a variety of tones, and what's the point of making your own comic strip if you don't draw whatever weird thing catches your fancy?

3. The layout on this one was tricky, and it took many attempts to get it where I wanted it, but I still would have gotten it done on time if not for the coloring. Coloring it required me to learn new Photoshop techniques, and I am terrible at learning new Photoshop techniques. Fortunately, Jeffrey Johnson stepped in and now, thanks to him, I have progressed from a Kindergarten-level understanding to a 1st grade understanding of Photoshop. Go me!

4. In earlier drafts I actually wrote a lot of captions for this one. I had Ricky narrating about how his heart was slowing down, and his body dying, and he could glimpse the blah blah blah, and then I realized that I didn’t really need all that, and covered up most of the words. I think it works better this way.

5. If you look in that panel with all the stars calling out “We love you, Ricky!” you’ll see three drawings by my five-year-old daughter, making her Fuzzball & Scuzzball debut here. The day I was working on this comic she showed me a cartoon character she had created named Super Star, who was a star wearing a cape. She says he helps bugs. Isn’t that adorable? So when she asked if Super Star could be in Fuzzball and Scuzzball, of course I said yes. That’s him near the bottom left of the panel, holding a bug.

My daughter enjoys the drawings of Ricky Imes. She calls him “Planet Man.” She does not realize that he is ODing on an illegal drug.

6. The departure of Mr. Ricky Imes brings “Happy City Nights” to a close. Next week: Fuzzball and Scuzzball return for the first installment of a brand new storyline called “Creature the Creature Comes to Town.”


Sweet! 12th Mar 2014, 5:02 PM edit delete reply
This was super cool, in a lot of different ways. The layout is especially intriguing. Not that I'm biased, but I must say, "Bring it on, Creature the Creature!"